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Alan

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  • An Interview with Richard Dawkins (Unabridged)

    • ORIGINAL (16 mins)
    • By Richard Dawkins
    • Narrated By David Freeman
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (421)

    An interview with Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion. He is the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. Dawkins was born in Nairobi of British parents and was educated at Oxford.

    Alfred says: "Let me think deeper about religions"
    "Heard it on NPR"
    Overall

    I originally heard this interview on NPR, and I was inspired to read the book. I highly recommend it - especially to those dyed-in-the-wool Christians who think they know everything. Check out the OTHER side of the story!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Mermaid Chair

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (114)

    Sue Monk Kidd's stunning debut, The Secret Life of Bees, has transformed her into a genuine literary star. Now, in her much-anticipated new novel, Kidd has woven a transcendent tale that will thrill her legion of fans and cement her reputation as one of the most remarkable writers at work today.

    Reid says: "Such a disappointment"
    "Remarkable"
    Overall

    Beautifully written! Sue Monk Kidd swept me away to Egret Island. I was right there, her descriptions of island life and the colorful people were so vivid. And what more could we ask for - a middle-aged woman dealing with a stagnant marriage, a questionably sane mother (and her rather offbeat but always entertaining friends), the mystery of her father's death many years ago, her wonderful relationship with her college-age daughter, and her steamy affair with a man who should be off-limits. Wow! Kidd's probing of all the things that make us tick - and make us human - is truly masterful. A very worthwhile read!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1467)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (509)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    krista says: "Atypical"
    "A departure from the usual King"
    Overall

    This story is a refreshing departure from King's usual male protagonist. Plenty of strangeness in this one; King fans won't be disappointed. Great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3329)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1075)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "King at his best!"
    Overall

    A new Stephen King novel is always cause for celebration, even if it does involve killer cell phones, zombies and plenty of gruesome characters. True to form, King's story is another testament to the resiliency of the human animal. A terrific, edge-of-your-seat story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abyssinia

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Ursula Dubosarsky
    • Narrated By Rebecca Macauley
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    This is the story of two sisters, Mary and Grace. As small children, growing up at their property called Abyssinia, they played with their dolls' house together, side by side, always. Grace loved Mary, and Mary loved Grace. But inseparable bonds in life can be unexpectedly shattered. When this happens to Grace, she is plunged into a dark and mesmerizing world, a world full of bells and the ringing sky, of odd little children, strange events, and frighteningly bizarre grown-ups.

    Susan B. says: "I felt cheated, too."
    "Weirdness."
    Overall

    I just didn't get it....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7004)
    Performance
    (3416)
    Story
    (3468)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Blah!"
    Overall

    I've been a Stephen King fan for years. This one did NOTHING for me. I realize it's only the first in a series; I haven't yet read/heard any of the others. I'm hoping the storyline improves.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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